Many years ago, I stood in the kitchen at Casa Vietti and watched Nonna make gnocchi. She told me the recipe, and showed me how to do it, but I never did. I recentky grew my own Sage plant and since I don’t really like sage, I decided that I would try to make Gnocchi for my dad, since he loves Gnocchi with butter and sage. Here’s how it went!
- 3 pounds(1360g) of potato
- 2 cups (4.7dl) flour
- 1 extra large egg
- 1 pinch of salt
- Boil potatoes. Peel them while they are still warm, and mash them (or put them through a vegetable mill, if you just happen to have one of those)
- Boil water in a pot (to boil the gnocchi)
- Make a well in the center of the mashed potatoes (like the picture above) and sprinkle all the flour over it. Place the egg and salt into the well, and start mixing it all together with a fork (similar to how you make pasta). Knead until dry
- Roll the dough into “sausages” and cut them into pieces, and roll them into balls (like the picture below)
- Once that is done, place it in the boiling water and let it boil for a few minutes (until they float). Take them out of the water (if you want, put them in an ice bath) and let them dry.
Now, for the butter and sage: all you have to do is place a ton of butter and sage in a pan, melt the butter and stir in the sage. Place the gnocchi in the pan, mix it up and serve!
The results were pretty good! There was some disagreement on how well they were cooked, but overall I would call my first attempt a success!! Let me know if you try it!